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Speak Up When You’re Down Gala: Cultivating Community Voices

The goal of our Speak Up When You’re Down Gala is to honor and celebrate individuals who have survived perinatal depression, anxiety, grief, loss and other hardship, and the friends, family, providers and community leaders who have supported and advocated for them. This year’s theme, Cultivating Community Voices, celebrates the varied and powerful voices that are advancing Black birth equity, justice, and living at the county and state level.


Diana E. Ramos, MD, MPH, MBA, FACOG
California Surgeon General

Intergenerational Leaders of Black Birth Equity and Justice

Wenonah Valentine, MBA, Executive Director, i.D.R.E.A.M. for Racial Health Equity

Adjoa Jones,
MBA, CLES, Doula, Los Angeles County African American Infant and
Maternal Mortality (AAIMM) Prevention Initiative

Sayida Peprah-Wilson
, PsyD, Founder and Executive Director
Diversity Uplifts, Inc.

The event features a cocktail reception, seated dinner, silent auction and entertainment.
Cocktail attire requested.

Proceeds from the gala will be used to support Maternal Mental Health NOW’s training, public awareness, and advocacy activities, including the Black Birth Workers Community.


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